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Sask. school division faces lawsuit over student's cellphone

A Saskatchewan school division is facing a lawsuit over a student's cellphone.

It dates back to March 2010 when a boy, who was 12 at the time, was texting in class at Riverside School in Prince Albert. His cellphone was taken away because it's against school rules to use it in class

A statement of claim filed by his grandparents says the phone was brought to the vice-principal, who allegedly read the text message about a stolen car.

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The claim alleges the vice-principal approached the student, asked him about the text and suggested he would go to the police if the boy didn't co-operate. The youngster ended up bringing police to the stolen vehicle.

The grandparents say they have been in constant fear of retaliation and started taking the boy out of the city on weekends. He's since moved away altogether.

The plaintiffs are suing the Saskatchewan Rivers School Division and the vice-principal for travel costs and punitive damages. They claim the actions of the division and vice-principal were negligent and a breach of privacy.

The school division declined to comment on the case. Statements of claim have not been proven in court.

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